gautengIndependent News reports that the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has parted ways with two senior officials in the Human Settlements portfolio.  

According to the department's MEC, Lebogang Maile, both a deputy director-general and director have been shown the exit door for corruption.  Maile conceded that the department has been “highly affected” by corruption and commented as follows:  “We found a department that had received a disclaimer with adverse findings.  We are happy with the progress we are making and that’s because we are getting a qualified audit opinion.”  Maile would not reveal the identity of the duo, but reported that one of the directors had opted to challenge his immediate dismissal through the CCMA.  He indicated the following:  “When we fired the director it’s one instance where we showed decisiveness in government, no hearing, we give you a warning and you explain why you must not be fired because you deserve to be fired.  You go to the CCMA and you won’t win because of what you would have done, this person would have cost us about R600 million so how do we keep such a person in the system.”  Maile confidently stated that there still more staffers to be fired.  The department’s ethics management section also indicated that two other employees had been found by the auditor-general to have conducted business with the state and that they were under investigation.

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